Russian River Valley Chardonnay
90 Points, The Tasting Panel, November 2014 (2013 Russian River Valley Chardonnay)
The third in a string of outstanding vintages in the Russian River Valley, 2014 got off to an early start with a short bloom season and desirable fruit set. The absence of significant weather events meant grapes ripened evenly in a mild growing season that remained temperate for its duration apart from cooler, occasionally damp weather in September, which allowed flavors to catch up in what was still a historically early harvest. Throughout the season, the Valley’s hallmark fog intrusion allowed grapes in our estate vineyards to retain vibrancy and bright fruit flavors, translating to expressive, fruit-forward Chardonnay with elegant breadth and lift.
Our MacMurray Estate Vineyards 2014 Russian River Valley Chardonnay is a rich expression of this celebrated appellation, offering elegant aromas of bright citrus, lemon meringue and peach underscored by hints of fresh apricot. On the palate, subtle notes of toasted vanilla and a hint of brown spice from oak aging are framed by a luxurious mouthfeel. Notes of macadamia, mineral and honey linger on a satisfying finish polished with lifted acidity.